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Hey Kids! is a weekly feature looking at what’s coming up for families and kids of all ages.

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics called on the Food and Drug Administration to apply warning labels on foods that are “known” choking hazards.

On the other end of the spectrum, Gever Tulley advocates letting kids play with fire,
knives, throw a spear, take apart old household appliances (ok, not so controversial), and break the law (albeit by pirating music).

Exploring Boundaries

Are the doctors over-protective? How will our children ever learn? Or is this another step in our never-ending quest to control nature? Didn’t we just find out dirt is good? That plastics just might be the unmaking of us?

The drive towards principles vs. adherence to rules is age old. Teach a man to fish or give him a fish.  Here’s to making up our own minds, finding a middle way, and teaching our kids the same.

Get Dirty
Get that immune system tuned up – and make something pretty- tomorrow at the library with Garden Art Friday.
Friday, May 28, 3 pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. @24th.

Balancing Acts
The City Circus wraps up it’s breakdancing-parkour’ing- juggling-contorting and all around breathtaking spectacular this weekend at La Brava.
Through May 30. Friday, 8pm. Saturday, 4 pm and 8 pm. Sunday, 4 pm. All Ages. $14-35. La Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. (@ York). http://www.citycircus.org or 415.665.2276 for more information, tickets.

Move!
My boy loves to dance. He grooves to Michael Jackson, waggles his head to Stevie Wonder. But what am I to make of his jazz hands at the end of “MMMbop”, apparently his new favorite song? I hope he learns some new moves at Carnaval.
Saturday 10 am through Sunday 6 pm. Harrison St. between 16th and 22nd. Check http://www.sfcatcarnaval.com for parade details, street closures, etc.

Dance!

Get Together
This Saturday (and every Saturday) , stop by Red Poppy Art House’s Family Art Workshop and paint a picture on the way to Parque Ninos.
Saturday, May 29, 1 pm- 4pm. All Ages. Free. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street @ 23rd.

MashUp
This spring, Southern Exposure incubated a really unique opportunity for kids to learn to express themselves both artistically and in nature: Downtown High School spent the semester creating a public art project at the base of Vermont St (where 21st St would be). VITA CORPUS specifically explores the themes of safety and community, and “opens” this weekend.
Potluck lunch/Opening ceremony. Saturday, May 29th, 2 pm to 4 pm. All Ages. Free. Vermont St @ 21st.

Not now, but don’t wait….
The rain won’t stop, but nonetheless, summer is upon us: time for a babysitter, a summer camp, or perhaps some new skills, so your kids can keep themselves entertained, just a little bit longer. If this rain keeps up, we’re all going to need some new skills.
Root Division’s teen drawing workshop begins June 14; the Summer Youth Studio July 26th. Visit http://www.rootdivision.org/youthed_summer_studio.html for more details and to register.

Safety Nets
What are principles anyway? Why have a parenting philosophy—or why not? Those first few post-part months can be so isolating—and in a city, the challenges of finding care, finding a school, finding a friend can just seem like one more isolating challenge after another. empowered*parenting seeks to help new parents access and develop the community necessary to bring up a child, re-connect with your own natural instincts (yes, you ARE the best parent for your child), while learning the basics of child development and different parenting philosophies.
empowered*parenting. Sessions begin June 15. Ages 4-18 months. $40-120. 1605 Church Street @28th. http://www.work4kids.com/empowered-parenting.html for more information.